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New exhibit at Crary Gallery opens Dec. 2

Photo submitted to the Times Observer Cloud Story by William Disbro is pictured. The painting will be included in an upcoming exhibit at the Crary Art Gallery.

The Crary Art Gallery is welcoming its final exhibitor for 2023.

William Disbro of Jamestown will be sharing his perspective of captivating landscape scenery from Saturday through Dec. 31. The opening reception for the exhibit, Story Boards – Images of Changing Views will begin on Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. Disbro will give a talk at 6 p.m., and the event will continue until 7 p.m.

Disbro’s parents and teachers recognized his talent for art when he was at an early age. Coming from a family of teachers, teaching and art just seemed to go together. After earning his bachelor’s degree in art education from Kent State University, Disbro spent his first year teaching art at elementary and junior high schools. He then completed graduate art school at Kent State University and spent five years as the second full-time art faculty at Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan. In 1970 he began his long tenure at Jamestown Community College as its first full-time art instructor. He developed the art curriculum and taught there for 32 years. Disbro’s training and teaching was in the three-dimensional areas such as clay, bronze casting, and welding. William’s favorite thing about teaching was sharing knowledge to help others experience better lives. He compares teaching to parenting and leading students in creative, positive directions.

When Disbro retired from JCC in 2002 he started to learn how to paint. His most recent body of work shows 2” x 2″ squares of painted surface around a larger painted shape. The large piece is the subject and the surrounding squares add details that might reference how the subject might look in different weather, a different time of day, up close or under a microscope, etc. When asked about this method, William explained that, “The 2” x 2” squares permit additional visual information that couldn’t be painted into a representational space.”

The gallery’s hours are noon to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. For more information, visit craryartgallery.org.

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